A working group of sixteen Club members got together last night via Zoom to launch the development of the Club’s Gender Equity Action Plan. The people involved represented all aspects of the Club’s operations and each recognised the benefits that flow on from the effective and equitable participation and integration of girls and women across the Club.
Many thanks to Karen Little and Scott Nicholas for their work in drafting the action plan.
Thank you also to the members of our working group, including Amanda Cellante, Ash Johnson, Bec Allen, Ben Robertson, Candyce Wright, Carly Dymond, David Nicholas, Greg Hannon, Julia Bortoli, Kat McMahon, Kristan Wood, Nathan Allen, Rhianna Little, Samantha Dunkinson, Wayne Preston and Ye Jeffries.
As a club, and Boronia community, we’re all feeling disappointed with the decision to cancel the 2020 season for senior men and women.
The club plays such a huge part of the lives and wellbeing of so many people, and to know that we will need to go without it for the foreseeable future, in a time when perhaps we need it most, is hard to swallow. With so many sad and tragic events in Australia and around the world, we must keep our footy in perspective but we all could do with the support of our footy family that comes from sharing a laugh at training and on game day.
In saying this, we appreciate and acknowledge the leadership of the EFNL in navigating through an unprecedented situation. We recognise that this has been a difficult decision with a number of factors in play, and ultimately the decision has been based on the health and safety of all of our members, and the future viability of club’s within the league. In a tough time, we can’t do anything but respect this decision and appreciate the work that’s occurred and will continue to occur, behind the scenes for the betterment of football and netball in the east.
As a Club we are in strong position, and we have an amazing group of volunteers and supporters. We’ve created some serious momentum and our Board and Committees will keep pushing to ensure we are in an even stronger position when senior football and netball returns in 2021.
Thank you to all of our club members for their positivity and resilience over the past few months. I couldn’t be more proud of the club and know we will face the next period in the same way.
While we’re thrilled our junior footballers will be able to participate in a modified season, and look forward to supporting our little Hawka’s in 2020, we still face a number of challenges, but will meet them with thorough planning and optimism.
We will continue to build our Club off the field with renewed enthusiasm to ensure that we continue the momentum we’ve created over the past few years. We will come back stronger.
Our focuses are clear for the remainder of 2020:
The health and wellbeing of our senior players and members – the consequential impacts on the health, wellbeing and social connection of club members can not be underestimated. Continuing engagement and support will be the overwhelming priority over the coming months.
Building our momentum off-field – we will continue our work off the field to strengthen our strategic and operational efforts.
Our Juniors – what a fantastic opportunity for the Club to throw its full support behind our junior teams for the coming months and help foster the next generation of Boronia men and women.
We understand this news has been devastating for our members and encourage everyone to look at the wellbeing hub on our website, and continue to connect and support each other in a difficult time.
We also our encourage our members to be respectful with any commentary made on social media, as we understand that many may be feeling frustrated and disappointed with the decision.
For our Juniors, we’re excited to support you with all of the Club behind you. Coaches will begin to communicate with each group in the coming days.
If anyone has questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Scott on 0403 238 494. Thanks again to everyone in the HAWKA community. You’re all amazing, and YOU are the reason this Club is what it is today.
Chairman, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club Inc.
Alex McKaige, Courtney Krenn, Alisha Clark, Eliza Stafford, Tessa Evans, Lizzie Akesson, Ebony Williams and Sam Mellis.
Boronia Hawks have a bye in Premier Division.
Boronia Hawks Senior Women’s Squad v Blackburn at 8:20am Saturday at Tormore Reserve – presented by Boronia Dentist
40 J. Bortoli 15 K. Buzinskas 17 D. Caiafa 2 A. Cellante 37 S. Coates 24 R. Crompton 4 T. Doran 29 T. Evans 14 S. Faull 42 B. Forrer-Lacey 5 B. Kinniff 6 P. Lacey 28 D. Langford 26 K. Little 18 Y. Mau 11 K. McMahon 20 S. Mellis 22 D. Millott 32 E. Nicholas 7 A. Penny 16 S. Peril 35 S. Ponton 8 D. Thomas 55 C. Timms 38 C. Wright.
Boronia Hawks Under 19’s Squad v East Burwood at 10.10am Saturday at Tormore Reserve – presented by Glenbrae Signs
3 B. Aughterson 14 J. Gardiner-Hoffman 33 M. Cavicchia 1 L. Flanagan 10 N. Smith 16 W. Morrison L. McKinnon 18 J. Delrayne 2 R. Williams 12 T. Mellis 22 H. Morris 17 C. Ng 26 M. Green 8 J. Rule 24 L. Wright 28 L. Pickard 5 H. Fewson 31 Z. Prizmic 3 L. Armstrong 19 H. Coles 30 J. O’Neill 9 J. Price 29 H. Rouse C Westcott
Boronia Hawks Development Squad v Ringwood at 12:20pm Saturday at Tormore Reserve – presented by Dyson Currie Pty Ltd
76 K. Notley 28 J. Rambaldo 56 R. Kennedy 9 J. Granland 71 P. Kinniff 74 Z. Brasher 44 B. Bishop 41 K. Milde 3 N. Allen 73 R. Migues 8 J. Neville 33 J. Mason 4 B. Castersen 51 Z. Dower 18 T. Dodd 42 S. Yule 78 S. Bramstedt 64 D. Dower 35 H. Betts 88 D. Collins 49 M. Goldsack 10 C. McDonald 50 J. Mueller 58 J. Purdon
Boronia Hawks Senior Men’s Squad v Ringwood at 2:20pm Saturday at Tormore Reserve – presented by Ferntree Gully Nissan
19 B. McAlpine 7 C. Burgess 13 J. Mellis 5 S. Bell 38 F. Duke 29 J. Godwin 15 H. Chinn 12 D. Fairchild 24 J. Hare 21 N. Hare 39 Z. Robinson 42 B. Rapisarda 8 J. Hannon 2 L. Hannon 11 J. Lake 47 T. Steele 37 R. White 16 M. Buzinskas 22 M. Geraghty 27 L. Leeson 6 M. Storr 40 B. Wright
Boronia Hawks is promoting awareness of Mental Health in the community over this weekend. We are supporting LOVE ME LOVE YOU, a non-profit organisation that strives to empower and build resilience in young adults so that they may overcome the stigma surrounding mental health and other life hardships.
Premier Division – Boronia Hawks v Heathmont Jets 7.40pm at Knox Regional: Carla Alexander, Madison Barrie, Mandy Bell, Ally Forrest, Leanne Fredericks, Georgia Himmelreich, Bec Mills.
Division 4 – Boronia Brown v Mitcham Yellow 8.20pm at Gloria Pyke, Dandenong: Amanda Cellante, Dani Kemp, Courtney Krenn, Bree Martin, Chloe Timms, Ebony Williams, Tessa Evans.
Boronia Hawks Under 19’s Squad v Scoresby at 10:00am Saturday at Scoresby Reserve – Presented by Lipari Pizza
1 B. Campbell 2 R. Williams 3 B. Aughterson 5 H. Fewson 6 M. Storr 7 L. Parkins 8 J. Rule 9 H. Morris 10 N. Smith 11 J. Price 12 T. Mellis 16 W. Morrison 17 C. Ng 18 J. Delrayne 19 M. Cavicchia 21 N. Hare 22 Z. Prizmic 24 L. Wright 26 M. Green 28 L. Pickard 29 H. Rouse 30 J. O’Neill.
Boronia Hawks Development Squad v Scoresby at 12:00pm Saturday at Scoresby Reserve – Presented by McDonald’s
3 N. Allen 4 B. Castersen 5 S. Bell 9 J. Granland 10 C. McDonald 18 L. Hare 22 M. Geraghty 27 L. Leeson 30 J. Neville 31 D. Romano 32 N. Watson 33 J. Mason 36 J. Rutherford 40 B. Wright 41 K. Milde 50 J. Mueller 51 Z. Dower 58 J. Purdon 64 D. Dower 71 P. Kinniff 73 R. Migues 74 Z. Brasher 76 K. Notley C. Dunster
Club Debut: a big welcome to Connor Dunster who joins the Hawks from Berwick.
IN: Rutherford, Milde, Z Dower, D Dower, Kinniff, Migues, Mueller, Notley, Dunster.
Boronia Hawks Senior Men’s Squad v Scoresby at 2:10pm Saturday at Scoresby Reserve – Presented by Knox Club
1 R. Henderson 2 L. Hannon 8 J. Hannon 11 J. Lake 12 D. Fairchild 14 J. Bolton 15 H. Chinn 16 M. Buzinskas 17 L. McKernan 19 B. McAlpine 23 J. Collins 24 J. Hare 25 B. Bowes 29 J. Godwin 34 J. Millen 37 R. White 39 Z. Robinson 42 B. Rapisarda 47 T. Steele 52 B. Robertson 59 L. Watson 62 J. Mellis
IN: Bolton, Millen, Steele, L Watson.
OUT: D. Dower, Z Dower, Milde, Rutherford.
Boronia Hawks Senior Women’s Squad to play Ferntree Gully for the LOVE ME LOVE YOU CUP at 6:00pm on SATURDAY NIGHT at Wally Tew Reserve – presented by Love Me Love You
1 J. Buzinskas 4 T. Doran 5 B. Kinniff 6 P. Lacey 8 D. Thomas 9 J. Lacey 11 K. McMahon 12 C. Fay 14 S. Faull 15 K. Buzinskas 16 S. Peril 18 Y. Mau 19 C. Storen 22 D. Millott 23 A. Davidson 24 R. Crompton 26 K. Little 27 L. Kabris 28 D. Langford 29 T. Evans 35 S. Ponton 39 J. Phillips 37 S. Coates 40 J. Bortoli 55 C. Timms
Veterans Squad to play Forest Hill at 2:45 Sunday at Forest Hill – presented by GK Travel & Cruise
21 C. Aaltonen 14 J. Bamford 6 S. Beaton 18 G. Bell 13 R. Bell 66 L. Burnett 2 M. Clinton 24 L. Cook 22 J. Cranfield 11 J. Davis 9 S. Fischer 5 D. Hanrahan 10 D. Hansby 7 M. James 16 C. Joy 15 C. Krenn 25 G. Krenn 20 S. Lehman 27 B. Notley 28 S. O’Reilly 4 C. Reid 42 M. Ryan 23 B. Stewart 12 B. Wiesner 34 K. Wood
Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club is very conscious of our role as an important community hub, with a large number of players, members, families and friends. The diversity of any community group invariably means that mental health is something that touches us all in some way.
The AFL has recently announced that it will be creating a new role of head of mental health to oversee the rising number of elite footballers experiencing difficulty with anxiety, stress and depression and to promote a greater awareness of wellbeing amongst the Clubs. This article from The Guardian Australia provides an insight to the nature of this issue in AFL ranks. Click here. Alternately, you can click here to read the about the AFL’s approach to Mental Health.
Love Me Love You – our focus of support for this weekend
Boronia Hawks will contribute to the conversation about Mental Health Awareness within the Club by supporting “Love Me Love You“, a non-profit charity designed to help young people navigate the challenges of mental health. This organisation was founded by former Hawthorn player Lance Picioane, as a result of his own struggles during and after his football career.
This year alone the group has presented to 4000 young people through schools, football clubs and professional organisations. Picioane’s team include people with first hand experience on drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and depression.
The Club has chosen to support this particular cause because of the enormous support provided by “Love Me Love You” to one of our own at a time of tragic loss.
As a result, we ask you all to take the time to think about Mental Health Awareness over the weekend of the 10th to 12th of May. The AFL is recognising the issue with the Beyond Blue Round, and Boronia Hawks has also registered to support that cause, along with the Fight Motor Neurone Disease round in early June.
“Love Me Love You Cup” Match this Saturday Night
Boronia Hawks Senior Women’s Team will play Ferntree Gully this coming Saturday night at 6:00pm for the “Love Me Love You” Cup. Both Clubs have been touched by tragedy in recent years and we come together now, and in the future, to help young people to know that they are never alone.
Our senior teams will be wearing the light blue arm bands as a demonstration of the Club’s commitment to creating awareness of mental health problems in our community.
We will also welcome your gold coin donations to the cause at our home games over the next few weeks.
If you have any questions or suggestions on how Boronia Hawks is approaching the awareness of Mental Health, please speak to Karen Little ( our Director of Community & Inclusion) or Scott Nicholas (Chairman, Boronia Hawks FNC).
Congratulations to Amanda Cellante on being named Captain of our Senior Women’s Team for 2019! Amanda was runner-up in last year’s Best & Fairest Award and is also our games record holder for Boronia Netball. Congratulations also to Vice-Captains Dee Caiafa and Sam Mellis!
Boronia Hawks is very fortunate to have some fantastic volunteers. Some of the most crucial roles that needs to be filled each year are the Team Manager, so we are very pleased to announce the appointments of these fantastic people as Team Managers for our Senior Teams for 2019.
Rob Bell – Senior Men’s Team
Dane Kinniff – Senior Women’s Team
Stuart McDonald – Development Squad
Nicole Fewson – Men’s Under 19’s Team
Jason Davis – Veteran Men’s Team
A special thank you to Mark McAlpine, our former Senior Men’s Team Manager who is stepping down to enjoy some relaxing Saturday afternoons watching Hammer in action.
Many thanks to our Club members who who attended last Sunday’s EFL Development Day at Deakin University. In particular, we would like to express our thanks, and admiration, to our very own Elle Dow, the AFL Victoria Development Manager for Eastern Region, who organised the event.
Karen Little, our Director of Community & Inclusion was very impressed with the day. Here are some of her thoughts. “The EFL Club Development morning was a great opportunity to network and learn. With three parallel sessions there were a diverse range of speakers and topics including finance, conflict resolution, applying for grants and how to manage Team App. For me, the highlight of the day was a presentation by Jackson Taylor from AFL Victoria on engaging diversity in our community. Goy Lok spoke about the barriers and challenges of joining a local footy club after arriving in Australia as a refugee and his successes to date. A reminder that a football club is so much more than the game of football. Congratulations to Elle Dow and team for organising such a great program”.
It was a great sign for Boronia Hawks that four of our women’s footballers attended this afternoon’s EFL Female Development Day, also organised by Elle. Here are Candyce Wright’s thoughts on the success of the day. “This afternoon showed me the importance of having powerful and inspiring women as a part of a sporting community! It doesn’t matter your background or skill; it’s the heart and soft touches that we bring to the Club that will encourage people from different cultures, diversity and limitations to come and feel the support we all feel, on and off the field”. Terrific words Candyce! Thank you to Elle, Candyce, Karen, Dee and Kat for attending today.
This will be a huge boost for the Club in allowing more flexibility in the scheduling of matches at twilight and early evening. It will also bring our training conditions up to date, with the existing lights being below the required standard.
A huge thank you also to Kerryn Westcott who prepared an outstanding submission for the grant.
As our Club Vision Statement says: “The Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club is One Club working together for success on and off the field”.